Medical jousting and the art of uncourtly clinical criticism: A noble name for an ignoble activity

[SIGH/FROWN/ROLLING EYES/SHAKING OF HEAD DISAPPROVINGLY…] “Oh dear, you know your previous doctor should never have allowed things to get this bad. Why weren’t you referred to me sooner? What on earth were they thinking when they prescribed you this medication? They probably didn’t even send you for an x-ray. Did they even go to medical […]

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Playing with patients: game theory and the medical consultation

Medical consultation models focus on the patient’s agenda. But what about what doctor’s ideas, concerns and expectations! Shouldn’t we look at the agenda of all the players involved? Learning objectives 1. Consider the use of game theory as a framework on which to model the doctor-patient encounter 2. Clarifying your own agenda as an influencing […]

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Whatsapp Doc? Instant messaging etiquette in medicine

Healthcare professionals and students are increasingly using instant messaging applications (usually Whatsapp) to communicate with each other. Learning objectives 1. Consider how you currently utilise instant messaging applications with your colleagues 2. Reflect on how differences between members of a messaging group could impact on training 3. Devise rules of messaging etiquette Imagine you have […]

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